Mediation is a good option for couples who wish to move through their divorce or family law matter quickly, quietly, and cost-effectively. If you’re wondering if mediation is right for you, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the misconceptions surrounding the process. In this blog, we uncover the truth and debunk common myths of mediation.
Myth #1: Mediation Allows One Spouse to Dominate the Other
A skilled and experienced mediator will pay close attention to the dynamic and power balance between both parties during mediation. If there is an obvious imbalance and one spouse is relentless in his or her dominant behavior, the mediator should call for a break rather than moving forward in the process. If you have an issue with how your mediation is unfolding, be sure to speak up and let your mediator know.
Myth #2: Women Are at a Disadvantage in Mediation
While there seems to be a public perception that women are given the “short end of the stick” during mediation, the truth is that women often find themselves on the receiving end of a better result in mediation than in divorce court. Mediation gives separating spouses ample opportunity to negotiate agreements – apart from court-ordered mediation, you can put an end to the mediation if it seems unfair.
Myth #3: Mediation Calls for a Longer Divorce
Along with being more cost-effective, mediation also takes less time than litigating a contentious divorce in court. Mediation gives the separating spouse control of the process. You’ll be able to identify the issues you want to address, which can avoid time-consuming arguments.
Myth #4: You Don’t Need Lawyers in Mediation
Lawyers who understand the process of mediation can prove to be invaluable in your mediation case. At O’Sullivan Law Group, our Morris County mediation lawyer can help you resolve a number of issues from alimony and child support to custody and visitation. When you come to our firm, you can trust that we will work to guide you through the process without the added stress of court litigation.
Call O’Sullivan Law Group at (973) 947-8699 to schedule a consultation today.